LMAS Receives Foster Care Stimulus Grant

June 11, 2020

The Maddie's Fund Pet Foster Care Stimulus Grant provides crucial funding amid COVID-19 pandemic


Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) announced it’s the recipient of a grant to continue its mission to save shelter lives and prevent overcrowding through its foster care program, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

LMAS was given the Pet Foster Care Stimulus Grant in the amount of $5,000 from Maddie’s Fund, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals. The grant allows LMAS to provide food, medicine and supplies for volunteers who temporarily foster a shelter pet.

“Thanks to Maddie’s Fund, the LMAS foster program won’t be disrupted by the unprecedented economic hardships caused by COVID-19,” said Teeya Barnes, LMAS public information specialist. “The grant ensures we can provide foster volunteers everything they would need to temporarily care for one of our pets, regardless of the impact of the pandemic.”

The Pet Foster Care Stimulus Grant will allow LMAS to expand its foster care program and reinforce foster care as a standard of practice for animal sheltering organizations through the No Kill model.

In 2019, LMAS placed more than 1,200 shelter pets in foster homes for a variety of reasons, including overcrowding, during the stray-hold period, socialization - and for pets too young, old or sick to be in the shelter. For more information about the LMAS foster care program or how to become a foster volunteer, click here

About Maddie's Fund 

Maddie's Fund® is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $237.6 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter management leadership, shelter medicine education, and foster care across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie's Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl for ten years and continues to inspire them today. Maddie's Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat. #ThanksToMaddie.